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Two days ago, I had to have my cat Aslan euthanized. It was sudden. He started coughing a little late last week. On Tuesday morning, he was hiding under the bed. I could not see anything obviously wrong, but I called the vet. They said the earliest they could see him would be Friday, but on Wednesday, he was more lethargic and wouldn't eat, so I called back and they said they could see him the next day.

On Thursday, he was out and his usual affectionate self, but very quiet and distant somehow. I knew something was really wrong, so was not surprised when the vet wanted to do x-rays. She found fluid in his chest and said it was likely cancer. She said he would need to see a specialist to drain and biopsy the fluid to be sure, but that he was very sick and there would be no real treatment. She said he was in much distress and might not even survive the night, so I made the only possible right decision for him.

Aslan was 14. He was the sweetest, most affectionate cat of the nine I've had so far. He came when I called him, like a dog. He gave me 14 years of perfect joy, every day, many times a day, and there is a big hole in my house and heart right now.
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Mary, I actually shed a few tears when I read that; I am so sorry to hear this. I know for a fact it's never easy, and I really feel for you. I know it's hard to see at the moment, but you gave him an obviously great life for that 14 years.
You have my deepest sympathies.

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So sorry to hear Mary. May Aslan rest in kitty-heaven. It's so hard to lose a pet. I'm still mourning the loss of my cat in September of 2018. Somehow I can't decide on finding a new kitty that would be just as special as he was. I hope you feel better soon.
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What a handsome guy! I am so sorry for your loss. They are all special but every now and then you come across a cat that is special beyond the others. May your memories with him bring you comfort.

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Thank you, Mark, Michael and Bob, for your kindness.
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Mary, very sorry to hear about Asian, a beautiful kitty. For those of us who truly enjoy cats and what they bring to our enjoyment of life, there always seems to be that one that stands out among the many. They are just that special and unique among the various cats we've had. Ours was Troy, whom we had to say goodbye to on Sept 28, 2018 at the age of 15. While we loved all the cats we had before, those we have now and those we will have, we know there will never be another Troy - he was that special in our lives.

My wife Mary and I have you and Asian in our thoughts.
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Thank you, Alan.
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Mary, I am so sad to hear about your loss :cry:

Pets become a part of the family and their loss is felt just as deeply.

The coming days will be hard for you to get through, but you gave him a good life and did the only kindest thing possible to not prolong his suffering.

I also have shed a tear for you Mary, and my thoughts are with you.
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Sorry to hear that, Mary. Losing a pet is hard.
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Mary - very, very sorry for your loss :(
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My condolences. I understand quite well. I had to bury my older cat last March. Se lived one month short of 20 years. Me and my late wife got it from a shelter. She became the most loyal pet I've had this far. I also miss her "cat massage" - she often climbed on my back or side in the night and started kneading.
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Sorry for your loss Mary.

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Very sad to hear this news Mary, it is never easy when our loved ones have to leave.
Aslan was a beautiful cat and I am sure you have many great memories with him.
Sabin and I have you in our thoughts tonight.
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Sorry for the loss of your good friend. I have had to go through many similar and too frequent losses of pet cats, so much so that I am afraid to have another feline own me. It's just too distressing.
However we have a heartwarming situation in our neighborhood taking place now.
Some months ago a stray Siamese blend showed up looking to be at deaths door. He could hardly walk, head hanging low, very emaciated and in poor shape.
Our next door neighbor took pity and managed to get him to a vet. The diagnosis was that he was an old cat, riddled with fleas, had liver problems, all teeth rotten and falling out, deaf from ear mites,and blind in one eye among other problems.
Understandably the vet recommended euthanasia. My neighbor would not hear of it bless her. We suspect he had been abandoned perhaps by the passing of the owner but he seemed to be full of spirit and looking for a new home.
My neighbor spent a fortune with the vet treating him as best he could for all the ailments.
Now slowly the cat is improving quickly. The neighbor is reluctant to allow the moggie inside due to the fleas and any way she already has a cat so integration would be an issue. He is a very loud complainer as most Siamese are.
The cat seems to successfully fend for itself outside but is happy to be fed in the morning and evenings and has contentedly moved in to a straw lined box on her stoop. He also now has a smart blue cat coat to wear.
With the winter coming we know the cold will be a problem in spite of that.
I shopped around on-line and found that there are heated outdoor cat hotels available. I bought one to help out some more just a few days ago.
I await to hear if he's moved in yet.
We will be happy if he survives winter and lives to enjoy another spring and summer.
He follows our neighbor around like a " puppy dog" and so he has been named.
For us all he has become a symbol of hope in these terrible times. :clap:
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Sorry to hear of your loss Mary!

We had a "yellow" cat for 20 years and finally had to put him down a few years ago. One of the hardest parts of having a pet.
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Very sorry to hear of your loss :(
Losing a beloved pet is very rough, I have been there and it hurts :(
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Thanks to everyone for your kind comments.
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Hi Mary. It is so heartbreaking to read the news about Asian. I have been down this sad road many times and it is NEVER easy. We lost Tiggy (orange tabby) and Bella (Himalayan persian) on the same weekend in 2013. A few years later we lost Sabrina (Russian blue). And this last May, our black tabby just disappeared. But by gosh and by golly, we still have two neighbor cats that come and visit us all the time (black and cinnamon tabbies). So, in memory of our cats and to still feel useful, I put out water and food every evening. It is a pleasure to get the head bonks on my shins when they are around and I am outside. They are not our cats, but I still have some kitty friends. :clap:
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Very sorry to hear of your loss.
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So sorry to hear about Asian Mary.

I know losing a pet is very painful and my deepest sympathy goes out to you.
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